Updated: Apr 23
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How do you feel when you hear the sound of your dog scratching their body? Annoyed? Frustrated? Your dog won’t feel any better too!
Allergy is a very common issue. Yet, there is no standard treatment to cure it because different dogs require different methods even though they have the might seen like a same allergic issue.
Dogs with allergy normally will have sign like hair loss, itchiness in places like feet and ear, rashes, and excessive scratching. Let’s understand more about dogs’ allergy now! We can do our best to avoid allergy from starting!
Types of allergies:
Insect or Flea Bite Allergy
Environmental Triggers or Inhalant Allergy
Insect bite such as ants, mosquitoes or flies can cause allergic in sensitive dogs. However, insect bite allergy is not as common as flea bite or known as Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD). This type of allergy is quite common in pets and it can happen at any age.
FAD is caused by flea’s saliva. When a flea bite, its saliva injects on your dog’s skin. That is how FAD start to occur to dog that allergic to flea’s saliva. Flea bite will cause itchiness to your dog. But dogs with flea allergy, even just one flea can cause severe itchiness and hair drop to your dog.
HOW TO AVOID?
If your dog suffer from FAD, you will notice severe hair drop, rashes or bleeding area on their back legs, tail area or stomach. Thus, it is important to make sure you have done flea prevention to your dog, bath your dog frequently and make sure the house is clean.
Things like pollen, mold spores, or house dust mite can trigger inhalant allergy (Atopy) in the body. Atopy occur when the dog inhales molds, pollen or dust mites. This is similar to when human inhales these allergens, they will suffer from runny nose, red eyes and etc. For dogs, this will cause itchiness on dog’s body. Common affected area are armpits, feet, face and ear. Dog will always lick, chew, or rub their affected area until injuries occur.
HOW TO AVOID?
Ensure the environment is clean. Once you have eliminated the allergen, you will realise the allergic reaction of your dog will stop.
Food allergic is always the most common culprit that trigger allergic reaction in dogs. So, what exactly in the food that causes food allergy? The protein part. Not only the protein sources that come from meat, vegetables contain protein, too. Hence, food allergy may come from vegetables, too.
Food allergy may not cause death of a dog but the dog will feel very discomfort for his whole life. If food allergy leave untreated, it may cause more serious problem such as behavioral changes. The most common signs for food allergy are the dog will feel itchy for the whole body especially their feet and ears. So you may realize that your dog will always lick or scratch its ear or feet if he has diagnosed with food allergy.
HOW TO AVOID?
You may use elimination diet to find out which food that causes allergic. Thus, throughout this process, you need to let you dog try food that it has never had before for the period of 8 weeks. Yes. at least 8 weeks in order to see the result. If you see there is some improvement in your dog, you may switch to its old diet. After it switch to its old diet and allergic occur again, then you can confirm that is the cause of its allergic reaction.
Oh ya! If you feed your dog with fresh or raw food, you may consider to grind or blend the food. This can improve digestion of protein and reduce allergic reaction to occur.
"Dealing with dog that suffer from allergy is very challenging and disheartening. The journey can be very difficult, lonely and frustrated."
But, please! Please don't lose hope and don't give up on your dog. They don't feel any better than you do. Your love to it can support it emotionally and make it feel slightly better. Have faith in yourself and your dog. Things can get better!
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